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Gencon 2013 Guide to DCC RPG

Event registration for The Best Four Days in Gaming™ is almost upon us. That’s right. You can sign up for Gencon games starting tomorrow, this Sunday, at noon Eastern, 9AM Pacific. Here’s a handy list of the currently scheduled Dungeon Crawl Classics.

Thursday

Title: The Black Manse
GM: Harley Stroh
Game ID: RPG1344545
Thursday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM<

Echoes of ancient horrors stalk the forlorn halls of your ancestors. Can you solve the mystery before the Devil’s Masque? Or will Molloch claim his winsome bride? A mystery that will end in blood.

Title: The One Who Watches From Below
GM: Jobe Bittman
Game ID: RPG1349984 (Still awaiting approval)
Thursday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Play the winning adventure from Goodman Games’ Mystery Map contest, “The One Who Watches From Below.” Tales of fabulous wealth lure you to an ancient temple, but things are not what they seem.

Title: The Croaking Fane
GM: Michael Curtis
Game ID: RPG1344549
Thursday 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

For centuries, the Lord of Evil Amphibians carried out unspeakable rites in squatting temples far from civilization. Now his servants have vanished, leaving behind their fanes to molder in the marsh…

Friday

Title: Perils of the Purple Planet
GM: Harley Stroh
Game ID: RPG1344546
Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cast across the cosmos, can the PCs survive a forbidden planet and find their way back home? Alien technologies, savage foes, and an untamed world await.

Title: Frozen In Time (0-Level Funnel)
GM: Michael Curtis
Game ID: RPG1344551
Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The great glacier is shattered! Smoking holes lead deep into its interior. The clan elders decide that YOU must venture inside to discover if the ice demons’ grasp over the region is finally broken.

Title: The Black Manse
GM: Harley Stroh
Game ID: RPG1344547
Friday 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Echoes of ancient horrors stalk the forlorn halls of your ancestors. Can you solve the mystery before the Devil’s Masque? Or will Molloch claim his winsome bride? A mystery that will end in blood.

Title: The Croaking Fane
GM: Michael Curtis
Game ID: RPG1344550
Friday 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

For centuries, the Lord of Evil Amphibians carried out unspeakable rites in squatting temples far from civilization. Now his servants have vanished, leaving behind their fanes to molder in the marsh…

Title: The Eye of Obitu-Que
GM: Matthias Weeks
Game ID: RPG1340131
Friday 8:00 PM – Saturday 12:00 AM

It cannot be a good thing to be personally summoned by King Alric, especially at the point of pike! Bring your Zocchi dice and join the band! Characters will be provided, several may perish!

Saturday

Title: Frozen In Time (Level 1 Version)
GM: Michael Curtis
Game ID: RPG1344552
Saturday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The great glacier is shattered! Smoking holes lead deep into its interior. The clan elders decide that YOU must venture inside to discover if the ice demons’ grasp over the region is finally broken.

Title: Perils of the Purple Planet
GM: Harley Stroh
Game ID: RPG1344548
Saturday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Cast across the cosmos, can the PCs survive a forbidden planet and find their way back home? Alien technologies, savage foes, and an untamed world await.

Title: A Night on the Town
GM: Michael Curtis
Game ID: RPG1344553
Saturday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Necromancer is defeated by your daring efforts. But your success comes on the night when the dead walk the world. Can you make it home through the haunted city before the restless dead claim you?

Title: The Dragon-Wizard’s Gambit
GM: Unknown
Game ID: RPG1344964
Saturday 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The Dragon-Wizard’s magic backfires…and he faces a mob of outlandish peasants from a place called “Milwaukee.” Can these ordinary 1970’s citizens escape his castle and find their way home?

Title: The Eye of Obitu-Que
GM: Matthias Weeks
Game ID: RPG1341202
Friday 8:00 PM – Saturday 12:00 AM

It cannot be a good thing to be personally summoned by King Alric, especially at the point of pike! Bring your Zocchi dice and join the band! Characters will be provided, several may perish!

Sunday

Title: The Hangman’s Garden
GM: Unknown
Game ID: RPG1344965
Sunday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Framed for murder, the heroes face a deadly trial to prove their innocence. They win freedom only by surviving the Hangman’s Garden, where they face the spirits of the justly executed-judgment awaits!

You can get up to the minute updates of DCC RPG games at Gencon by logging into gencon.com, then clicking the following link.

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PAX 12 Tabletop Talk: The D&D You Never Knew with Luke Crane

Here’s the last talk I recorded before my recorder inexplicably stopped making recordings – “The D&D You Never Knew” by Luke Crane. By some stroke of luck, my recording device lasted exactly until the end of the talk then locked up. I apologize for missing the first 30 seconds of Luke speaking. You can hearing him making some jokes at my expense as I retreat to the back of the Raven Room. A slide deck went along with the talk with art from different editions of D&D. I emailed Luke hoping to get as link to the slides. I’ll post it if I get it.

Download: PAX 12 Tabletop Talk: The D&D You Never Knew with Luke Crane

 

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PAX 12 Tabletop Talk: D&D vs. Story Games

I caught another excellent talk last night in the PAX 2012 Tabletop talk track, “D&D vs Story Games,” hosted by Ashley Cook and starring Wolfgang Baur, Chris Perkins, Ben Robbins, Jonathan Walton and Erik Mona. The talk was full of great moments, but I’ll never forget Erick Mona’s “moon gun” anecdote. Give it a listen here.

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PAX 12 Tabletop Talk: Old School RPGs With Modern Design

My first stop at PAX this year was the Tabletop talks on the 3rd floor of the Red Lion Hotel. The talk was entitled, “13th Age, Dungeon World and More: Old School RPGs With Modern Design” and featured Rob Heinsoo, Wade Rockett, Sage LaTorra, Adam Koebel, and Logan Bonner. I grabbed a front row seat and recorded it all for posterity. Right-click here and save the file.

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Rejection Letter

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King of the Monsters 3: Crown the Necrocorn the Queen!

Roughly every year,  Kobold Quarterly hosts a monster design contest called “King of Monsters.” Participants must design a new original monster with descriptive text and an accompanying statblock for the D&D or Pathfinder roleplaying games. I designed the last champion, the horakh – an insect that eats eyes balls and hunts in packs. This year, I decided to do something different. I designed a queen. Check out the entries here and vote for your favorite. I hope you like it and crown my creation the Queen of the Monsters.

Who knows? Maybe Kobold Quarterly will have to change the name of the contest…

Behold the Necrocorn!

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How to Play D&D (by a 7 year old)

Last year, my daughter Zeta gave me a great gift for Father’s Day. She wrote and drew a book about something dear old dad taught her… how to play Dungeons & Dragons. Well technically we were playing Labyrinth Lord, but same difference. Zeta and her sister Nita picked some minis from my collection to represent themselves. Tip for kid’s game designers: Pets are a big hit. Add them to your game. Both girls bought attack dogs and sicked them on everything they could. Zeta’s book is really cute. I scanned it into PDF format (download).

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PAX GM-Less Gaming Workshop with Ben Robbins

PAX Prime 2011 launched today. After briefly walking the floor, I marched to the Games on Demand gaming room (Room 306) to get my game on. Another gamer filled me in on the GM-Less Gaming Workshop led by Ben Robbins that was going on a few rooms down. I figured I go check out the talk.

You may already know Ben Robbins as the debonaire heir to the Baskin-Robbins family fortune. Between parties with the jet set on the Riviera and counting piles of money while sitting at a desk constructed entirely from piles of money, Ben finds the time to design games. He is the author of Microscope, a popular GM-less game.

In his talk, Ben goes over the role of the game master, defines GM-less games and goes over several examples including Fiasco, Polaris and Shock. The discussion was excellent and I came away learning something new.

I apologize for the crappy audio. I wasn’t planning on recording and just slapped my phone on the table to record the session.

Download PAX GM-Less Gaming Workshop with Ben Robbins

 

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Bainbridge Island D&D Encounters

Starting February 9th, I’ll be running D&D Encounters, Season 4: March of the Phantom Brigade at The Curious Child on Bainbridge Island. I slapped together a quick render and posted this flyer around town. I hope there are enough RPG and Dungeons & Dragons fans around to get a few tables going.

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Bainbridge Island D&D Players Wanted

So I’m finally buying my first home! It’s on Bainbridge Island in the great state of Washington. We are in a great location, the schools are amazing and everything is so green. It’s a short 35 minute ferry ride to Seattle. Unfortunately, it’s a pretty small town and there are no game stores. I know there has to be some tabletop gamers out here. I made a flyer tonight that I’m going to post around town tomorrow.

I have a few leads. There is a new educational store in town called The Curious Child. Interestingly enough, they have a huge Warhammer sign in the window. I chatted with the owner a bit. Her son is into Warhammer so she decided they would sell it in the store. They had a couple Citadel books near the counter right by the pre-school blocks and Candyland. The owner was a very nice woman and I saw a bulletin board. I’m sure she’ll let me post a flyer.

There’s also a Calico Cat in town. It’s a toy store divided into two spaces. The second space is dedicated to games. While casually looking for a birthday gift for my daughter, I discovered a treasure trove in the back – shelves of euro boardgames, Magic the Gathering decks and other boardgame geekery. I didn’t see any roleplaying games, but maybe I can post a sign there too.

My last targets are the two large bulletin boards on Winslow Way, the main drag downtown. The one by Blackbird Bakery gets a boatload of traffic every day. I used the image from the front of the 4th Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide. That’s a pretty recognizable image. Even if I saw that image from across the street, I’d know what it was and move in for a closer look.

Finally, there is the internet and the reason for posting this at all. When I first arrived here, I searched for “bainbridge island” and “RPG” or “D&D” or “Dungeons & Dragons”, but I didn’t get anything useful. Hopefully, Google will index this page and the next person looking for local gamers finds this page.

Here’s my flyer by the way. Wish me luck!

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